Thursday, May 9, 2013

Beautiful Mom: Nicki

Wash a face
Bake a cake
Cook a meal
Mop a floor
Clean a mess
Wipe a tear
Fix a problem
Cool a fever
Teach a lesson
Read a story
Vacuum a room
Play a game
Run an errand
Make a menu
Tie a shoe
Quiet a fear
Raise a child
Be a mother

This is Part 3 of my Beautiful Mom Project.  Read my explanation and thoughts here.

Mother of Six
Food Connoisseur
Disneyland Lover
Kid Chauffeur
Cake Creator

What is your favorite motherhood moment? 

A favorite motherhood moment is a time when one of my kids act upon the things we teach them, like kindness to others, being helpful without complaining or showing respect and obedience when peers are getting out of hand (usually at school).  Those are proud moments and I can feel like something is sinking in.

What is your favorite time spent with your kids?

A favorite time with the kids is when music is on and everyone is singing along, sometimes at the top of our lungs...not that we are any good at singing but I still love it, maybe because everyone is getting along and happy at those times.

What is your least favorite chore?

My least favorite chore is food. I used to love to cook but right now I don't.  I don’t know if it is because I don’t have time with all the running around and getting kids to various activities or the deciding what I can put together when I didn't plan in advance and I only have an hour before we have to be somewhere.  I may just be in a cooking slump but when someone asks "What can I eat" or "What's for dinner/breakfast," I cringe.  I did learn recently that I can program my oven to turn on at a specified time and that has helped a little.

What is your go-to dinner?

A go-to dinner in our house is spoon tacos or taco salad.  Everyone likes those and they are easy to make. They also jump for joy when we have orange chicken from Costco (from the freezer section) with rice.  
Another favorite is Swedish meatballs (because it cooks in the crock pot and everyone likes it) 

Swedish Meatballs
1 lb ground beef
1 pkg jimmy dean sausage (original)
1 sm onion diced
Mix together and form meatballs
Mix the following in crock pot....
2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup
1 can (the empty Cream of Mushroom can) of milk
1 envelope of Lipton onion soup
Add meatballs and cook on low all day (probably 8ish hours)
serve over rice or mashed potatoes

Oh and kabobs over couscous.  Just marinate chicken with a McCormick marinade (in the envelope section, like taco seasoning) and thread it on a skewer with cut up veggies, such as zucchini, red peppers and onions. Grill the meat and make the couscous as directed on the package.  So yummy and the kids like it.  I think they get a kick out of the couscous because it's a little different.

What inspires you?

My husband inspires me by all the hard work he does to support us.  He has an amazing work ethic and I'm grateful for his example to our kids.

Do you have any cleaning/organizational/motherhood tips?

Hahaha, I don’t think I'm the one to ask for cleaning tips. I can be a little crazy organized but lately it's hard to keep up with the kids, because they are always in everything and organization doesn't seem to last. But I do like to keep my pantry in sections like in the grocery store, ie pasta section, Mexican section, fruit and veggie section etc. I know it's a little crazy but it makes me happy.  :)


  1. I just love your Beautiful Mother posts. Wow, Nicki's eyes are so stunning! It is great to hear that everyone struggles in similar ways as children do not come with manuals. I loved the thought provoking questions and so very inspiring and a recipe! Awesome! Thanks for such an inspiring blog series! I loved reading each one! These gals are wonderful! TFS!

    1. Oh thank you Casey! I have been inspired and uplifted myself and had hoped others would be too. Glad to hear that you are enjoying this project as much as I am.

  2. Beautiful! Nicki is stunning! That pink shirt is a great color on her and I love that her husband inspires her.

  3. Gorgeous! I miss all those amazing wonderful ladies. Nicki was always so inspiring to me because she is such a quiet worker, always doing things in the background unnoticed and happily.

  4. Za-za-zing, you make me wanna sing! You are dazzling Nikki :)

  5. Beautiful pics of you, Nikki!! Amazed at all Nikki does with her kids!!


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